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UK to threaten sanctions unless countries take back illegal migrants

The UK will reportedly create a “league table” that ranks nations based on their cooperation in accepting criminals and illegal migrants back to their home country.

The plan, which is being devised by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, will put pressure on countries to take back their citizens who commit crimes or illegally immigrate to Britain, or else face sanctions.

For example, if a Brazilian national committed a crime in Britain, the British government would pressure the Brazilian state to take the person back.

According to the Times, sanctions will include imposing a £190 (€220) charge on visa applications from those countries, increasing visa processing times, or suspending applications altogether. It will apply to all kinds of visas, including work, visitor, study and settlement visas.

The powers are part of the Nationality and Boarders Act (NABA), which came into effect last week.

This decision comes after the UK signed a £120 million (€139 million) deal with Rwanda to send failed asylum seekers on one-way trips to the African country.

The move comes as illegal migration into Europe and the UK increases substantially. In June alone over 3,000 migrants arrived on 76 boats via the English channel. 12,700 have made the journey so far this year.

Similarly, EU border force Frontex recently reported that there have been 82% more illegal migrant entries into Europe this year than during the same period in the year previous.

Illegal migrant crossings into EU on the rise, says Frontex

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